Papillion, Nebraska – The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office has announced plans for a procession to honor the life and service of Deputy Ed Smith, who passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday due to “suspected health complications.”
The procession, scheduled for Thursday afternoon around 12:20 p.m., will begin at St. Columbkille Church in Papillion. The community is invited to gather along Washington Street to pay their respects to Deputy Smith. Following a heartfelt route, the procession will proceed south on Washington/84th Street, then westward on Highway 370 to Highway 50/144th Street, and finally, south to Omaha National Cemetery, where Deputy Smith will be laid to rest.
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office has provided guidelines for those wishing to observe the procession. Spectators are asked to stand on the sidewalks along 84th Street between 6th Street and Highway 370. To ensure safety and unobstructed passage, the public is advised not to park on 84th Street or along Highways 370 or 50. It is also important to avoid standing or stopping on these highways. Additionally, there will be no public parking available south of 6th Street along Jefferson or Monroe Streets, and parking will also be restricted along East 4th or 5th Streets near the church and school due to the number of vehicles involved in the procession. Those driving in the area should be prepared for possible delays.
A Dedicated Servant
Deputy Ed Smith’s service with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) spanned over 25 years. Most recently, he was a beloved school resource officer with Gretna Public Schools. His career also included time on Road Patrol and as an original member of the office’s B-Squad. His commitment to service extended beyond the SCSO; he was a Nebraska State Patrol trooper and proudly served as a U.S. Marine.
As the community comes together to commemorate Deputy Smith’s life, his dedication and service to both the county and the country will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.